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Default Corsair SF600 in the Node 304 (ATX Adapter bracket)

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I'm planning a build with the Node 304, and I'm looking at the new Corsair SF600 PSU which should be great for this build due to it's size and Zero RPM fan mode.

I'll have to get an SFX to ATX adapter bracket for this, which brings me to my question: By looking at pictures of the adapter bracket and different SFX power supplies, I'm worried that the fan-intake side on the SFX PSU will not sit flush with the filtered intake on the bottom of the Node. It kind of looks like the holes for the screws should be a little more off-center so that the supply can rest on it's bottom side on the floor of the Node. By the pictures I've seen, it looks like the adapter bracket will leave the PSU hanging in mid-air, where a normal sized ATX would just rest on the case floor.

I added a picture explaining what I mean, the area marked up in red is where it seems the adapter bracket leaves space between the PSU itself and the case.



Is this the case (no pun intended), or does anyone here have any experience with small PSUs in the Node 304 that can tell me otherwise?
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Why is this a problem?

If this really bothers you, you can buy the SilverStone bracket instead, which puts the PSU at either one side or the other. Amazon has them for $6.99.
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Why is this a problem?

If this really bothers you, you can buy the SilverStone bracket instead, which puts the PSU at either one side or the other. Amazon has them for $6.99.
Thanks for the tip, looks like this solves it!

This is most likely not a "problem", it just seems like the Node was designed for the PSU to sit flush with the case. I'm also thinking this might help the Zero RPM fan mode as the unit probably sucks in more of the lower temp ambient air rather than the hot minicase temps around it after heavy load
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its disappointing than Corsair did not include an SFX to ATX adapter bracket , i think really unsense since its essential piece to any SFX psu.
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its disappointing than Corsair did not include an SFX to ATX adapter bracket , i think really unsense since its essential piece to any SFX psu.
But it's not essential if you're buying an SFX PSU for an SFX case. It becomes a spare part that gets thrown into a junk drawer for most people.

Corsair had a goal to create a better product (better performance, lower noise, etc.) than what was already on the market for the same price as what's already out there. Add the bracket and that product would cost that much more.

Are you honestly telling me that you're more disappointed that your options are an inferior product that comes with a bracket for $X versus getting a better product for the same price that, if needed, you have to buy an additional bracket for $5 to $10?

It's a Catch 22. Sounds like you might not be happy no matter what. If the bracket was included, but the price for the PSU was $10 higher than the competition, would you not complain that the product is $10 higher?
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Add the bracket and that product would cost that much more.
Why $10 higher if a retail & branded bracket comes for $6 to us (the consumers)?
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its disappointing than Corsair did not include an SFX to ATX adapter bracket , i think really unsense since its essential piece to any SFX psu.
But why would you want to put a SFX PSU in a atx case when there are atx equivalents that perform the same/better? And quieter.
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But why would you want to put a SFX PSU in a atx case
Because you - generic/royal - have something like an Ncase?
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But why would you want to put a SFX PSU in a atx case when there are atx equivalents that perform the same/better? And quieter.
Because the Corsair SF450 is one of the best PSU's (probably the best here) with a size of max 14cm.

If you look for a really silent high-end PSU with a max dept of 14cm for a high-end single GPU gaming PC there just isn't much choice.

Other options are:
FSP Aurum S 400W, but that's Aurum S so I'll pass.
XFX TS Gold 550W, not really known for being a silent PSU.
Aerocool Xpredator Gold 550GM, no reviews, but certainly not as good.
Sharkoon SilentStorm SFX Gold 500W, an SFX-L PSU, but not as good.
Corsair CS450M, 5 euro cheaper, but much worse and only one PEG connector.
Antec TruePower Classic TP-550C, same PSU as the XFX TS Gold, same problem.
Corsair CS550M, same price and two PEG connectors this time, but much worse performance and quality.
Thermaltake TR2 Gold 500W, same price, just not as good.
FSP Aurum S 500W, more expensive and Aurum S, so pass.
Silverstone Strider Essential Gold 500W, more expensive, same Aurum S, same pass.
Silverstone SFX 450W, also SFX, but worse and more expensive.
And so on, the first that is a bit interesting is the 10 euro more Cooler Master V550, but it's actually not really better, not as silent probably and my V750 with LDB from CM had actually bearing noise.

So if you know a good (really silent) high-end ATX PSU which isn't longer then 14cm, please tell me, because I don't know any.
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Why $10 higher if a retail & branded bracket comes for $6 to us (the consumers)?
Perhaps not $10. Could be $6, 7, etc. But since America loves "$X9.99" prices, a $10 increase would be more likely.

Also, you have to keep in mind that the bracket, right now, only gets marked up by Corsair to get sold on the website. Add that cost to the PSU and it not only adds to Corsair's cost, but also the distributor and then the reseller.
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